World Youth Skills Day (WYSD) 2021: The United Nations General Assembly declared July 15 as a World Youth Skills Day in 2014 to celebrate the strategic importance of equipping young people with skills for employment, decent work, and entrepreneurship. The day also highlights the important role of skilled youth in addressing current and future global challenges. The day provides a unique opportunity for dialogue between young people, technical and vocational education and training (TVET) institutions, firms, employers, policymakers, etc. The Skill India Mission was also launched on this day.Let us tell you that Skill India is an initiative of the central government which was launched to empower the youth skill and make them more employable and more productive in their work environment.This year also World Youth Skills Day will take place in a challenging context due to COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown measures that have led to the worldwide closure of technical and vocational training education and training (TVET) institutions, alarming the vitality of skills development.
World Youth Skills Day: History15 July is declared as World Youth Skills Day by adopting a resolution by the United Nations General Assembly in December 2014. The main aim of the day is to achieve better socio-economic conditions for today’s youth in terms of challenges of unemployment and under-employment.
World Youth Skills Day: SignificanceYouth unemployment is increasing which is the most significant problem facing today’s economies and societies in the world for developed and developing countries alike. According to the latest Global Trends for Youth 2020: technology and the future of jobs, since 2017, there has been an upward trend in the number of youth not in employment, education, or training (NEET).Around 259 million young people in 2016 were classified as NEET and this number rose to an estimated 267 million in 2019 and it is said it will rise to around 273 million in 2021. In terms of percentage, the trend is slightly up from 21.7% in 2015 to 22.4% in 2020 and implying that the international target to reduce the NEET rate by 2020 will be missed. In 2014, the General Assembly declared to celebrate the World Youth Skills Day on 15 July with an aim to provide a chance for young youth, technical and vocational education and training (TVET) institutions, public and private sector stakeholders to recognise and celebrate the importance of preparing young youth with skills of employment, decent work, and entrepreneurship.

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